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ListView.TopItem Property

Gets or sets the first visible item in the control.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

public ListViewItem TopItem { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Forms.ListViewItem
A ListViewItem that represents the first visible item in the control.


The View property is set to LargeIcon, SmallIcon, or Tile.

Initially, the item with the index position of zero (0) is at the top of the ListView control. If the ListView control contents are scrolled, a different item can be at the top of the control. You can use this property to indicate or determine which item is visible at the top of the ListView control. The value of the TopItem property will not always persist, depending on where the desired top item is in the list view.

The number of items visible in a ListView control at any time depends on the height of the list view and the size of the items it contains. If the items exceed the height of the list view, the items will continue onto multiple pages, which the user can scroll through. If you set the TopItem property to an item in the last page of the ListView, the item will automatically be scrolled into view; however, TopItem will be set to the actual top item of the last page.

To ensure that a specific item is in the visible region of the control (but not necessarily in the top position), use the EnsureVisible method.


Setting this property has no effect when the Scrollable property value is false.

Setting this property is not supported in versions of the .NET Framework prior to version 2.0.

The following code example demonstrates resetting the style of a ListViewItem object's subitems through the use of the TopItem property and the ListViewItem.ListViewSubItem.ResetStyle method. To run the example, paste the following code into a form containing a button named Button1 and call the InitializeListView method in the form's constructor or Load event handler.

	// Declare the Listview object.
	internal System.Windows.Forms.ListView myListView;

	// Initialize the ListView object with subitems of a different
	// style than the default styles for the ListView.
	private void InitializeListView()

		// Set the Location, View and Width properties for the 
		// ListView object. 
		myListView = new ListView();
		myListView.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(20, 20);
		myListView.Width = 250;

		// The View property must be set to Details for the 
		// subitems to be visible.
		myListView.View = View.Details;
		// Each SubItem object requires a column, so add three columns.
		this.myListView.Columns.Add("Key", 50, HorizontalAlignment.Left);
		this.myListView.Columns.Add("A", 100, HorizontalAlignment.Left);
		this.myListView.Columns.Add("B", 100, HorizontalAlignment.Left);

		// Add a ListItem object to the ListView.
		ListViewItem entryListItem = myListView.Items.Add("Items");

		// Set UseItemStyleForSubItems property to false to change 
		// look of subitems.
		entryListItem.UseItemStyleForSubItems = false;

		// Add the expense subitem.
		ListViewItem.ListViewSubItem expenseItem = 

		// Change the expenseItem object's color and font.
		expenseItem.ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Red;
		expenseItem.Font = new System.Drawing.Font(
			"Arial", 10, System.Drawing.FontStyle.Italic);

		// Add a subitem called revenueItem 
		ListViewItem.ListViewSubItem revenueItem = 

		// Change the revenueItem object's color and font.
		revenueItem.ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Blue;
		revenueItem.Font = new System.Drawing.Font(
			"Times New Roman", 10, System.Drawing.FontStyle.Bold);

		// Add the ListView to the form.

	private void Button1_Click(System.Object sender, System.EventArgs e)

		// Use the ListView.TopItem property to access the SubItems
		// and then reset their appearance.

To run the example, paste the following code

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.